Student Bar Association (SBA) Newsletter

Student Bar Association Newsletter: Monday, March 16, 2009

SBA Elections

Congratulations to the SBA Board of Governors-elect. These students will take office in mid-April as part of the normal transition. For complete election results, please see the SBA Bulletin Boards on the 3rd and 4th floors of the law school.

President - Kris Gould
Vice President - Philip Reale
Treasurer - Erin Funderburk
3L Class President - Sonal Raja
3L Class Representatives - Josh McIntyre and Sora Lee
2L Class President - Laura Ross
2L Class Representatives - David Brown and Madison Perry

***There will be a new election for SBA Secretary tomorrow from 8:30-4:30 on My Carolina Law.***

Please see the following statement from the SBA Election Committee Chairs:


Because no one was on the ballot for the Secretary position, there was a computer glitch and for the first 16 minutes, from 8:30-8:46am, no one could vote for anyone for secretary.
In total 23 people voted in the election that were unable to vote for anyone for Secretary.

There was no way for us to identify who the 23 people were, so they could not vote for Secretary later in the day once the problem was corrected. The difference between who finished first and second at the end of the day was less than 23 votes, so excluding those voters certainly could have made the difference.

This was the only position on the ballot that had no one running, so this was the only position that was affected by the glitch. All the other results were true and accurate results of those who voted.

-Mike Martinez and John Bone, SBA Election Chairs.

Nominate your peers for law school awards

The Winston Crisp Award for Student Leadership
PURPOSE: The Winston Crisp Award was initiated by the Student Bar Association during the 2005-2006 school year to recognize excellence in student leadership. Dean Crisp served the law school as Associate Dean of Student Services for 13 years. Dean Crisp demonstrated extraordinary leadership ability throughout his time at UNC Law, both as a student and as an administrator. The Crisp Award seeks to recognize students who exemplify the same outstanding leadership.

ELIGIBILITY: Students in all classes are eligible to be nominated for the Crisp Award. Nominated students need not hold an executive board position within their affiliated organizations. Members of the SBA Executive Board are not eligible for nomination.

SELECTION PROCESS: Nominations should include a description of the nominee's leadership abilities. Examples of excellent leadership include outstanding coordination of student projects, effective decision making skills and exceptional willingness to assist fellow members of the law school community. Nominations will be judged by a panel consisting of the SBA Vice President, the 1L Class President, the 2L Class President, the 3L Class President, John Kasprzak, and a selected member of the law school faculty.

RECOGNITION: The winner of the Crisp Award will be formally recognized on April 7, 2009, at the Public Interest/Pro Bono Reception.

DEADLINE: All nominations for the Crisp Award must be submitted by Thursday, April 2 at 5 p.m. These may be submitted by email ( or by leaving a print copy in Katie Ploghoft's mail file (3L).

QUESTIONS: Please contact John Kasprzak ( or Katie Ploghoft (

Class of 2009 Davis Society: Call for Nominations
Jim Davis, a 1973 School of Law graduate of superb ability and character, died of cancer in 1980. His wife, Carolyn, an outstanding person in her own right, died of cancer in 1982. To perpetuate the memory of these two individuals, who possessed qualities of integrity, responsibility, leadership, and dedication, their friends and families have established the James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society in their names. The Society allows for recognition of up to eight third year law students who have made significant contributions to the UNC School of Law.

The James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society is intended to recognize third year students possessing both academic and personal excellence and a willingness to serve for the betterment of the School of Law and its faculty and students. Inductees will be recognized at Commencement and receive a framed certificate in honor of their selection. They will also be honored at a reception during Commencement weekend. A Davis Society plaque with each recipient's name is also displayed in the School's lobby.

To be considered for the James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society, a third year student must be nominated, in writing, by another law student (any year), or faculty or staff member. Those making nominations should consider the qualities of leadership ability, extracurricular activities, character, and academic achievement. There is no official nomination form, but please include why you believe your nominee deserves to be included in the Davis Society. Nominees may later submit additional information about their extracurricular activities, honors, and academic achievement. You may drop off nominations to John Kasprzak's office (Room 5023) in the Student Affairs suite, or email him at (

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS: Friday, March 27 AT 5:00pm.

QUESTIONS: Please contact John Kasprzak (

Apply to be the law school Attorney General

Applications may be submitted by emailing a copy with all attachments to current Law School AG Sarah Raynes at Applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled with all applicants.

Applications can be found on the SBA website at Applications are due by midnight on Friday, March 27, 2009.

Social Events

Law Revue Variety and Talent Show this Thursday (3/19) at Mansion. Doors open at 7pm with live music and the show starts at 8pm so arrive early! Plenty of good bands, comedy acts, parodies and maybe Christopher Walken???

Cover charge is $3 and benefits the Pro Bono Program. There will also be a 50-50 raffle to benefit the North Carolina Bar Association's Feeding Frenzy and please bring cans of food to help your local community in this time of need.

SBA Bar Review at The Library (3/26) - 9pm-midnight. No cover charge!

Jammin' For Justice will be held on April 2 at Local 506. Stay tuned for more details!

One more chance for a 'barrister ball'!
Need an excuse to get dressed up? This is it! The graduate professional student federal is holding a spring dance for all UNC graduate and professional students!
Dance the night away with fellow students from UNC-CH Graduate and Professional Schools!

Place: Sheraton Four Points Hotel at Southpoint
Date / Time: April 17, 2009 (7:00PM - 1:00AM)
Music: Club, Hip Hop, Reggaeton
Attire: Semi-formal
Cover: $10 in advance / $15 at the door - Includes appetizers.
Drinks: Cash bar will be available.
To purchase tickets, please use the following link:
For more information, please see our website:

Carolina Basketball
The UNC Men's team has received a #1 seed in the upcoming tournament! The first game is Thursday against Radford at 2:50pm.

Carolina Baseball
Check out the #1 ranked UNC Tar Heels at the new Boshamer Stadium. For the complete schedule, check out Admission is free for all home games and you can get your ticket at the gate.

Upcoming Intramurals

Sign-ups beginDeadline
Ultimate DiscMarch 16March 24
Sand Volleyball 4'sMarch 16March 24
Texas Hold'emMarch 23March 31
Co-Rec KickballMarch 30
April 7
Badminton DoublesMarch 30
April 7

More information can be found at Players of all skill levels welcome.

3L Announcements

3L BBQ and Baseball
The Advancement Office is hosting a "3L Celebration" on Tuesday, April 14th with a barbecue on the front lawn of the law school at 4:30pm, followed by a UNC baseball game (UNC v. High Point University) at 6:00pm. Students can get into the baseball game with their One cards, and the Advancement Office will purchase a block of general admission seats for any guests. (We're hoping that the game won't be sold out so guests can sit in the student section with students or vice versa.) It will be FREE for all 3Ls and their guests, so students must RSVP to Meredith Kincaid at or Carolyn Brafford at by Monday, April 6.

Class Gift Tabling
Members of the Class Gift Committee and the 3L Class Officers will soon begin tabling for contributions to the "Miss Betty" Degraffenreid Building Fund. You can find the class gift table in the rotunda every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:30-1:00pm. Tabling begins Wednesday, March 18th and will continue through Thursday, April 9th. Please help us honor Miss Betty by giving to our class gift!

The Commencement ceremony will begin at 5:00pm on Sunday, May 10th. Following Spring Break, Sara Coughlin will be sending an email to everyone in the 3L class with further information and details regarding graduation weekend.

T-Lot Shuttle

As a reminder, the T-Lot shuttle is running on demand Monday - Thursday from 5 - 9 p.m.
The shuttle driver is stationed either in the Rotunda or in the van located by the flag pole in the parking lot. Rain or shine, we encourage you to take advantage of this great service!

Interested in Getting Involved Next Year?

SBA Committee applications for the 2009-2010 school year will be available later this week. Watch the daily e-mails for more information.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact SBA President-Elect Kris Gould at

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Presidents' Council - Thursday March 19 or Friday March 20 at Noon (student org president can show up to either).
  • SBA - March 24 at 6:30pm.

Have questions/ideas/suggestions? Contact SBA at

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